Impressive and resonant violin recital
13 May 2016
Grace Muris opened her recital with the glorious upward arpeggio figure of the Handel Sonata in D major. As it lands unexpectedly on E we were taken on an expansive and expressive harmonic journey to which Grace’s resonant sound and flair for the tonal context were aptly suited. She plays like a recitation of poetry and the dialogue between violin and piano that followed in the Allegro movement was like a lively conversation between Grace and her pianist Anne Bolt.
The Tchaikovsky Melodie offered a complete change of mood and the expressive and warmer, denser resonances of the violin part changed too to match this.
This was followed by the playful and robust tone of the Korngold Mummerschanz in which Grace showed herself to be fully in command of the style and the sound.
Changing her instrument with great versatility, Grace then moved to the piano to become the centre of the Strasbourg-St Denis group. This work by Roy Hargrove gave the audience in the Parish Church a further treat as trumpet and saxophone (Adam Hebditch and Angharad Conant) played overlapping melodic phrases, and as the sparkle of the hi hat (Anna Gonzalez) and the bass of Dickon Fell supported Grace’s central chordal theme: a perfect summer lunchtime jazz performance to finish the concert.